POSTED Tue. Dec 10, 2013

Big pictures, firehouse Xmas and techie awards

Big pictures, firehouse Xmas and techie awards
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

Baby, it’s cold outside. Actually, let’s be fair: we’re not blanketed in a thick quilt of snow and ice and travel delay like much of the rest of the country. So yeah, it’s cold, but it ain’t the ice planet Hoth.. And as such, there’s plenty going on in New Orleans. Here’s our picks.

1 The biggest photo in the world

This is your last week to see the largest photo in the world, currently being exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center. Known an The Great Picture, the snap is 111 feet wide and 32 feet high, which means it takes up roughly the space of a warehouse wall, but the picture is as important for the way it was made as its dimensions. An abandoned F-18 hangar in Irvine, California was converted into the world’s largest pinhole camera the CAC says The Great Picture represents the last bridge between film and digital photography. An artist walkthrough of the picture will be held on Sat, Dec 14 at 2:45pm; otherwise the Great Picture will be exhibited at the CAC from 11am-5pm Wed-Sun.

2 The Silican Bayou 100

Into entrepreneurship and the new New Orleans? You might want to check out the Silicon Bayou 100 Release Party on Dec 12 at the Eiffel Society (2040 St Charles), from 6:30-9:30pm. Besides drinks, music and good fellowship, the night will feature Silicon Bayou’s unveiling of the Silicon Bayou 100 – a century list of the most influential and active people in tech and entrepreneurship in Louisiana.

3 PhotoNOLA

The annual PhotoNOLA festival, which highlights the best and most creative photography in the city, goes from Dec 12-15. We’ll be previewing the even on this site, but in the meantime, check out details of the whole shebang here.

4 Live, local theater

Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers sounds like the name of a potentially very politically incorrect comic book, but is in fact a play showing at the Shadowbox (2400 St Claude) on Wed (Dec 11). Via ‘sci-fi, Latino noir’ the show uses sci-fi and pop references to take a playful, if damning look at this country’s relationship to its immigrant population. The show is at 8pm, and tickets are $10/7 for the general public/artists and students.

5 Merry in the Marigny

Finally, on Wed (Dec 11), get into more holiday spirit with Merry in the Marigny, held at the Old Marigny Firehouse (720 Mandeville) from 6-9pm. This is both a family and neighborhood event; expect Santa, elves, good food and lots of etsy-esque gifts and crafts from local artisans.


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    The Arts Council of New Orleans

    The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


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    WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


    Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


    As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

    The Historic New Orleans Collection

    The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

    Southern Food

    The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

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    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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